Ma Phung Ngoc Phu
Current Status: Likely released - at risk
Other Names: Mã Phùng Ngọc Phú
Date of Birth: 1992
Highlighted Human Rights Concerns:
- Former Political Prisoner
- Online commentator
On May 11, 2020, The People’s Court of Ninh Kieu District in Can Tho City sentenced online commentator Ma Phung Ngoc Phu to nine months in prison on charges of “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 331 of the 2015 Criminal Code.
Details - Background, History of Activism.
Ma Phung Ngoc Phu is a small business owner and lives and works in Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho Province.
Phu has not been formally active in activism. However, she casually uses Facebook to express her opinions online, as a protected right in Vietnam’s constitution.
Bị bắt tạm giam vì đăng tin sai sự thật về COVID-19, MSN Vietnamese, April 11, 2020
Cần Thơ: Nam thanh niên đăng tin xuyên tạc về Covid-19 bị khởi tố, Báo Đấu thầu, April 11, 2020
Arrested April 11, 2020. Sentenced to 9 months in prison under Art. 331 (2015 Code). Expected Release is January 11, 2021.
- Art. 331 (2015 Code)
- freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention
- liberty and security of the person
- freedom of expression
- fair trial
According to the office of the public security, on February 25, they identified a Facebook account named James Ng, operated by Phu. In one post, Phu asked that “There is news that one person has passed away from coronavirus in Vietnam, why do no news outlets talk about this?”
In their “investigation,” the public security also noted that Phu has commented on seven other online posts that have defamed content against the Communist Party leadership.
While we do not promote sharing unverified news, we believe that by using criminal liability against Phu, the public security has just found another way to shut down any possible views challenging the regime.
On May 11, The People’s Court of Ninh Kieu District in Can Tho City sentenced online commentator Ma Phung Ngoc Phu to nine months in prison on charges of “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 331 of the 2015 Criminal Code.
Bị bắt tạm giam vì đăng tin sai sự thật về COVID-19, Vietnamdaily, April 11, 2020
Khởi tố thanh niên dùng Facebook bôi nhọ lãnh đạo Đảng, Chính phủ, Bao Quang Binh, April 11, 2020
Cần Thơ: Đề nghị truy tố người đăng tin sai sự thật trên mạng xã hội, Thanh niên, April 26, 2020
Vietnamese Facebooker Sentenced to Nine Months in Prison for “Abuse of Democratic Freedom” for Posting on COVID-19, Defend the Defenders, May 11, 2020
Profile last updated: 2021-02-27 18:58:12